THE LADYBIRD Sauvignon Blanc 2017

VARIETAL 100 % Sauv. Blanc
ALCOHOL 14 % vol.
pH 3.46

This is a new wine in our portfolio. The grapes for this wine are grown organically, more inland in a very small village called McGregor. It has been farmed organically for many years by an elderly lady, only to be sold off to some Cooperatives in the area. It is not really an area associated with Sauvignon Blanc because of the extreme heat in February but with the organic principles, very well in place and the grapes were very good indeed.

2017 Vintage was extremely dry and warm. We picked the one block in four different stages to see what we can get out of this “terroir”. Acid levels were remarkable and we had to wait a bit longer than we expected to get the grapes more in balance. Flavours in each tank were completely different and the last batch only arrived end of February. It was a very good healthy year this year in the McGregor valley and the grapes had no rot at all. Skins were nice and thick and ripeness levels were good as well.

Some batches were left on the skins overnight for skin extraction. We did not use any fining agents at all but we did make use of enzymes. Fermentation temperatures were not too low. The wine was left on the sediment for three months before bottling.

The wine has a very good nose with lots of passion fruit and hints of black currant flavours. The acid is ripe and perfectly in balance. The wine is full bodied and not a very typical South–African Sauvignon Blanc. A wine with enough complexity to complement food and long summer days. Enjoy

  • Nedbank Green Wine Awards: Best white wine - 2017 vintage